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2022 BMW M3 / M4 Competition: First Look

© BMW of North America2022 BMW M3 / M4 Competition xDrive
The 2021 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe debuted in September 2020, and the addition of the 2022 BMW M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe marks the first time the German automaker has equipped the M3 or M4 with xDrive all-wheel drive. The addition of M xDrive will allow drivers to take full advantage of available power during acceleration and dynamic driving.

© BMW of North AmericaPowerful Engine
The powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine for both the M3 and M4 Competition produces 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque from 2750 rpm all the way to 5500 rpm. Power gets delivered through an 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission, M xDrive and M Sport rear differential. With the addition of M xDrive, both the M3 and M4 Competition will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.4 seconds — 0.4 seconds quicker than the rear-wheel-drive M3 and M4.

© BMW of North AmericaTorque Story
The M xDrive in the Competition models is a fully variable, rear-biased system that utilizes an electronically controlled multiplate clutch to distribute torque between the front and rear axles, while the Active M rear differential distributes torque side-to-side. In normal driving conditions all torque is directed to the rear for a classic BMW rear-wheel-drive experience. Torque gets transferred to the front when driving conditions dictate for improved balance and performance.

© BMW of North AmericaDynamic Stability Control
Designed for improved performance in high-performance driving situations, M xDrive and Active M rear differential are both connected directly to the BMW dynamic stability control system for quicker response to control understeer and oversteer. In addition, the transfer case has a unique control unit and integrated traction control to enable it to react quickly to differences in the speed of the front and rear wheels without the need to use the central DSC computer.

© BMW of North AmericaDrive Modes
Three drive modes are offered with the M xDrive system: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. The standard mode is 4WD with rear-biased torque distribution and a focus on traction and precisely controlled handling. In 4WD Sport more torque gets directed to the rear during dynamic driving, with the intention to optimize performance on the track. For experienced drivers only, in 2WD mode the DSC is turned off to give drivers an old-school rear-wheel-drive experience without intervention from DSC.

© BMW of North AmericaWheels and Tires
The 2022 BMW M3 / M4 Competition xDrive are fitted with forged M light-alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels shod with 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-runflat performance tires. The front axle geometry is redesigned and steering is retuned to provide the balance and responsiveness expected in a BMW M car.

© BMW of North AmericaCompetition xDrive
Standard equipment on the 2022 BMW M3 / M4 Competition includes power M Sport front seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, M seat belts, an anthracite headliner, Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7, a Harman Kardon surround sound audio, ambient lighting, dynamic cruise control, and extended Shadowline exterior trim.

© BMW of North AmericaInterior Upholstery and Trim
Four standard Extended Merino Leather interior choices are offered: Yas Marina Blue / Black; Silverstone / Black; Kyalami Orange / Black; and Black. Also offered are Full Merino Leather interiors in the same four color combinations as the Extended Merino Leather. Standard interior trim is Aluminum Tetragon, and optional choices are Carbon Fiber or Piano Black.

© BMW of North AmericaOption Packages
Package options for the 2022 BMW M3 / M4 Competition include a Parking Assistance Package with Parking Assistance Package Plus and Drive Recorder. An Executive Package adds a heated steering wheel, a power trunk lid, Icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, a head-up display, wireless charging, gesture control and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A Driving Assistance Professional Package includes active cruise control with stop & go, extended traffic jam assistant for limited access highways, active lane-keeping assistant, active blind-spot protection, evasion aid and front and rear cross-traffic alert.

© BMW of North AmericaIndividual Options
Standalone options for the M3 / M4 Competition include M Drive Professional, Jet Black alloy wheels, M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, M Compound Brakes with red calipers, M Compound brakes with black calipers, individual Shadowline lights, a moonroof, ventilated front seats, M Carbon bucket seats, and an M Carbon exterior package. The M Driver’s Package includes BMW Driver Training and an increased top speed limited to 180 mph.

© BMW of North AmericaExterior Colors
Color choices for the M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive include two non-metallic finishes, seven metallic paints and two frozen matte colors. The matte finishes are Individual Frozen Brilliant White Metallic and Individual Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic. Metallic colors are Black Sapphire, Brooklyn Grey, Isle of Man Green, Portimao Blue, Toronto Red, Tanzanite Blue II and Individual Gravit Grey. Non-metallic choices are Alpine White and Sao Paolo Yellow.

© BMW of North AmericaOn-Sale Date
The 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive are scheduled to arrive in August 2021. Starting MSRP for the 2022 M3 Competition xDrive Sedan is $76,900, and the M3 Competition xDrive Coupe starts at $78,800. Prices do not include a $995 destination charge.

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Published on: April 19, 2021

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